Positive Thinking DEBUNKED: Belief in a positive future found to halt present-day action (and lead to bad outcomes)

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Positive Thinking DEBUNKED: Belief in a positive future found to halt present-day action (and lead to bad outcomes)

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(Natural News) A study published in Psychological Science revealed that people tend to think that other people who have a different opinion than theirs would eventually come around and understand their points of view. According to experts, this belief in a favorable future holds true across various contexts and cultures, which in turn provides a clearer picture on some of the causes and consequences of political differences seen today. However, the experts noted that this belief in a favorable future stalls people from taking actions to make the possibilities into a real one.

The findings were based on analyses of six related studies, carried out by a team of researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School, University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, and Harvard Business School.

“It often seems that partisans believe they are so correct that others will eventually come to see the obviousness of their correctness. Ironically, our findings indicate that this belief in a favorable future may diminish the likelihood that people will take action to ensure that the favorable future becomes reality…The most interesting aspect of this to me is how robust it is. This pattern of findings emerges for an unexpectedly diverse range of preferences, views, and beliefs — and it emerges across cultures. People falsely believe that others will change in ways that align with their current preferences, views, and beliefs,” said Todd Rogers, lead author and behavioral scientist at the Harvard Kennedy School.

“People holding a particular view…are more likely to believe…Read More

Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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